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The Black Prince - WOB's New Earth boondoggle
« on: 12 August 2021, 02:57:21 »
When New Earth was finally liberated from the Word of Blake, the chassis for an enormous vessel was recovered in a dilapidated shipyard. Designed to slowly sail in the coastal areas, the Black Prince was a floating gun battery. Fitted with no less than five Gauss Rifles in its single huge turret the Monitor would have been a direct fire nightmare to engage. It was actually theorized that if the Word had managed to get her to sea the invading forces might have just tossed a few WMDs at her to sink her rather than try to engage such a monster.

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The Black Prince

Mass: 300 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Naval (Displacement)
Rules Level: Experimental Tech
Era: Dark Ages
Tech Rating/Era Availability: E/X-X-F-E
Production Year: 3150
Dry Cost: 66,906,250 C-Bills
Total Cost: 67,206,250 C-Bills
Battle Value: 4,838

Power Plant: Ford 270 Fusion XL Engine
Cruise Speed: 10.8 km/h
Flanking Speed: 21.6 km/h
Armor: ArcShield SuperHeavy Hardened
    5 Grizzard 200 Gauss Rifles
    2 Defiance 1002 Light PPCs
    1 Word Quick-Comm Improved C3 Computer
    1 Unknown Targeting Computer
    1 Apple Churchill Golden Shield Guardian ECM Suite
Manufacturer: Various
    Primary Factory: New Earth
Communications System: Cyclops 1
Targeting and Tracking System: OP/911

Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
Internal Structure: Standard                     150 points               30.00
Engine:             XL Fusion Engine             270                      11.50
    Cruise MP:  1
    Flank MP:   2
Heat Sinks:         Single Heat Sink             10                        0.00
Control Equipment:                                                        15.00
Lift Equipment:                                                            0.00
Turret:                                                                    8.50
Armor:              Hardened                     AV - 912                114.00

                                               Front     202       
                                          Left/Right  180/180       
                                              Turret     170       
                                                Rear     180       

Equipment                                 Location    Heat     Spaces     Mass 
5 Gauss Rifles                               T         5         5        75.00
2 Light PPCs                                 T         10        2         6.00
Improved C3 Computer                         BD        0         1         2.50
Targeting Computer                           BD        -         1        21.00
Guardian ECM Suite                           BD        0         1         1.50
@Gauss Rifle (120)                           BD        -         0        15.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:     61    Points: 48
1n         8      10      10       0      4     0   Structure: 15
Special Abilities: C3I, ECM, MHQ2, TUR(8/10/10)

Fitted with five gauss rifles and two light PPCs in its single turret the Black Prince has two major other notables. The first is the absolutely ludicrous Twenty One Ton Targeting Computer tied into the turret. This enhanced the aim of those massive guns and would have made assaulting the ship a daunting prospect. The other notable issue is the ship's armor plating. The Word dedicated over a third of the ship's displacement to Hardened Armor Plate. This means to batter through the armored bow would take over forty AC-20 shells! Running on a scavenged XL fusion engine the ship would have effectively unlimited range as well, only limited by crew consumables and ammunition.

It was considered a blessing such a vessel was not launched as any force that had to take her out would likely have had to resort to nuclear weaponry, to the detriment of the surrounding area. Given that the Word had intended to station Black Prince in a city if possible, this would have resulted in even more damage, possibly even dooming the Republic's efforts to resettle the world after the Jihad.

OOC: Alright, I just wanted to build a big gun boat with lots of armor and guns. XD So Sue Me! When I saw the targeting computer I just laughed and had to add it in.


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Re: The Black Prince - WOB's New Earth boondoggle
« Reply #1 on: 12 August 2021, 03:42:44 »
given the Republic's trend elsewhere, i suspect that the Republic Standing Guard actually finished the craft, though possibly with some changes to the loadout. (perhaps swapping the gauss rifles, PPC's, and TC in the turret for several large artillery pieces, which would be more useful over all.) and the C3i replaced with something else.


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Re: The Black Prince - WOB's New Earth boondoggle
« Reply #2 on: 12 August 2021, 08:28:10 »
Hmm... it seems four Long Tom Artillery Cannons would fit, with 17 tons of ammo...


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Re: The Black Prince - WOB's New Earth boondoggle
« Reply #3 on: 18 August 2021, 06:06:12 »
Sink the Techno-Bismark!
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